Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Quiet Perfection

In an effort not to repeat myself, I just looked back over my old birthday posts. 2007 describes my birthday in historical (mine) terms, and 2006 describes my crappiest birthday ever.

Shit. Hold on, I think the dog just barfed.

Phew. I got her outside. That would have rivaled 2006. Well, okay, not really, but having to clean up dog barf on your birthday is pretty crappy. And justifies the use of the word "shit," though I apologize because I try not to curse so publicly. Kids might be listening.

Anyway. I started this blog in July 2005 and apparently felt uncomfortably announcing my birthday that year, so I didn't post that day. I did find this post, though, which amused me because I've been having similar thoughts about the whole holiday thing. I guess I probably do every year. Just stop with the annoyance, people, will you? For sheesh.

Hm. OK Cupid just sent me birthday greetings. Even said happy 38th birthday. I don't know how they know that. I must have told them, but even so, Borders isn't so rude as to call out my age when they send me a 25% off coupon.

Anyway. Again. Today is very low-key. Even though I get to sleep in for the next 12 days (kids off school), J insisted I not get up this morning. It didn't amount to sleeping in, but it did mean no animal feeding or litter box cleaning, no breakfast making or dishwasher filling, no bus stop in 14-degree cold.

I spent a couple of hours reading with a warm, soft cat on my lap. Now I'm doing this, and I think I'm going to go to the post office and pick up Neato Burrito for lunch. Dinner is, I think, at Red Lobster, though I tried to decline. And I suspect I have a dark peppermint ice cream cake from Cold Stone Creamery in the freezer.

No presents from J and the Numbers this year, but you know what? That's beyond okay, because remember what my present is? SALUTE TO SUPERNATURAL in March!!!!!

I did get some gift cards from my dad and brother, some already spent for real, some spent in my head. I might watch some TV (I have last night's Prison Break recorded, but I think that's about it) and do some more reading.

Might write, too. I had a new idea this morning, had some scenes writing themselves in my head, and then my brain was trying to turn them into a book while I was in the shower, which always sucks because there's no way to get the ideas down, but it's inevitably where they pop up. I won't work on that new idea, of course, I have way too much pending before I can get to a new book. But thinking about this new idea had me thinking about my already-done books, and how much I love them, despite the work they need before they can sell, and how my purpose in writing the paranormals/urban fantasies I write is to ground the stories so fully in the real world that the reader has very little need to suspend disbelief, and feels like they could really go outside and bump into my characters at the supermarket. You know, between crises. :) And how can anyone not think that was really cool?

So I'm obviously feeling pretty optimistic and yeah, that's a good way to feel on your birthday.

I probably won't post again until later in the week, so Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah (why does every spell check give me a different spelling for that word?) to everyone!


MJFredrick said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!! It's my friend Cindi's bday, too. I probably told you that last year. Have a PEACEFUL WONDERFUL day!

MJFredrick said...


Hope that works :)

Ava Quinn said...

Happy Birthday Natalie! You and my mom share the day. Sounds like a nice day planned, and I'm jealous of the Neato Burrito run. (I love that place.)
Merry Christmas to you too!

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

Thanks, Mary, and ooooh, thanks for the pic, too! I'll post it in a post so everyone can appreciate it. :)

Happy birthday to Cindi, I know you told me but I forget every year, anyway.

Happy birthday to your mom, Ava/M3! And thank you!

And here's a tip--always go to the NB in New Cumberland, NOT the new one in Mechanicsburg. The Mech. one charges us $8 more for our usual order than the NC one, where I've been going on Tuesdays for, like, seven or eight years. :)

Victoria said...



WV: goove - the elderly getting their groove on.

Natalie J. Damschroder said...

Thank you, and LOL!